When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through Kathmandu, the capitol city of Nepal, on April 25, 2015, it sent deadly tremors through neighboring countries. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including one of 7.3 magnitude only 17 days later, on May 12, swelling the number of dead and injured. People living in Kathmandu were left shaken; thousands had perished, tens of thousands were injured and millions were homeless. GFA workers, pastors and missionaries who lived in areas demolished by the earthquake rescued people trapped in rubble, organized water distributions and hot meals, and provided essentials, such as tents and bedding, to displaced people. GFA disaster-relief teams mobilized to rural mountain villages, in partnership with the government, to bring aid. GFA World International offices broadcasted the news through email, social media and radio, inviting believers to support relief efforts.
Ministers Needed Ministry
After months of intense work, GFA ministry leaders in Nepal sensed their pastors and missionaries needed a break—a break to grieve their own losses as well as to receive refreshment and encouragement.
On July 21, a three-day conference began with 170 pastors and missionaries from 19 districts severely affected by the earthquakes attending. Bishop Antonius Mor Eusebius, leader of GFA’s work in Nepal at the time, opened the conference themed “Good Steward.” He encouraged the brothers and sisters from 2 Timothy 1:9–10, reminding them of God’s call on their lives.
Learn more about the need for Disaster Relief Work, Gospel for Asia’s “Compassion Services” with relief teams who love the Lord who are focused to help victims of natural disasters find a firm foundation.
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